“As I tell our people constantly: we’ve all learned to answer email on Sundays, but none of us has learned to go to the movies on Monday afternoon.”
— Ricardo Semler, Maverick!
If we speak of a healthy community, we cannot be speaking of a community that is merely human. We are talking about a neighborhood of humans in a place, plus the place itself: its soil, its water, its air, and all the families and tribes of the nonhuman creatures that belong to it. If the place is well preserved, if its entire membership, natural and human, is present in it, and if the human economy is in practical harmony with the nature of the place, then the community is healthy.
The most anti-capitalist protest is to care for another and to care for yourself. To take on the historically feminized and therefore invisible practice of nursing, nurturing, caring. To take seriously each other’s vulnerability and fragility and precarity, and to support it, honor it, empower it. To protect each other, to enact and practice community. A radical kinship, an interdependent sociality, a politics of care.
"The onus is placed upon the individual to take medicine for a sickness that is not only his own, but in which all of society has some complicity. Thus, the individual comes to rely upon private forces for his literal sanity. This is a dangerous paradox: these are the same forces that stimulate the capitalist culture which serves to destabilise our psyche."
"Similarly, the onus is placed on the individual to change his lifestyle to better cope with the realities of capitalism. He is told to incorporate more exercise, take a less stressful job, andpractice mindfulness. Never is the emphasis placed upon changing our economics, politics or culture. We are simply to accept the ruthless reality, to suffer it stoically, avoiding as best we can the recession toward hopelessness, melancholy, and perhaps even madness."